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Google Docs

What are Google Docs?

  • Link to Doc
  • Documents (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentation documents and survey forms) stored online
  • All documents housed on the internet, access them from anywhere
    • Only need a web browser and an username and password
      • Cloud Computing
    • Platform issues eliminated
  • Collaborative, can have multiple people editing and contributing on the same document
  • Ability to view editing history
    • Great for collaborative projects the teachers can view who did the edits
  • Free
    • Google has made a commitment to make this service free in the future for schools
  • Flexible
    • Full Control over who can see and edit your own documents
    • Can be used for almost anything
  • We have our own Educational Domain with Google Docs specifically for Derry Township teachers and students
    • We set up and manage all our student accounts.

Why and How can we use Google Docs?

What Teachers Say about Google Docs

Linking Instructional Principles to Web 2.0 Tools

How Teachers are Using Google Docs

36 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom
  • Team/Dept Meetings
    • All people have same info
    • Save trees
  • Collaborating on Resources
    • Lesson/Unit Plans
    • Newsletters
    • Grade Level/Dept. Handbook
  • Timely, Specific and Corrective Feedback
    • Teachers can give feedback and grades directly in a document
  • Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing to Learn
    • A DTSD initiative
    • Google Docs give students and teachers the ability to write more often in a variety of content areas.
    • More informal opportunities to write more often = Improved Writing
      • PSSA data - Moved more students from Proficient to Advanced
  • Collecting Data From Students, Parents or Teacher
  • Student/Peer Editing
  • Access to classroom activities from Home
    • Students still able to participate if ill or on a trip
    • No issues with different platforms or accessing home directories
  • Missing Work for Students by Team
  • Sign up Sheets
    • Field trips, lunch, assemblies, responsibilities


A wiki is a collaborative website that is considered part of the second generation of Internet-based services that allows users to instantly create and share web pages.
Definition of Wiki from Wikipedia
Wikispaces calls a wiki: "a web page with an edit button."
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What is a Wiki?

  • A Wiki is a series of webpages that anyone can edit
  • Wikis are extremely easy to edit
  • Created online so you can edit them anywhere
  • Wikis are collaborative by nature and typically have multiple authors
  • Keep a chronological history so you will never lose content
  • There is a discussion area to enhance collaboration
  • Wikis are very flexible and can be used for many different purposes
  • Three levels of security
    • public - anyone can view and edit
    • protected - anyone can view but not edit without permission
    • private - only members can view/edit

C3E3 Blog - Wiki Overview

You can create a Wikispace (free for educators)

What you can use wikis for:

  • Class Notes
  • Parental / Student Communication
  • Lesson Summaries
  • Handouts
  • Course Syllabus
  • Course Links and Resource Notes
  • School or class calendar
  • Collaboration of Notes
  • Concept Introduction and Exploratory Projects
  • Dissemination of Important Classroom Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Teacher Information Page
  • Student written books
  • School Newspaper
  • Showcase for student projects
  • Platform for peer review of student work
Wikis in education:

DTSD Wikis

Our Wikis